Universal Peace Federation’s Two Slogans
Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on October 19, 2014
The first slogan, ‘Living for the sake of others’ is used by UPF to resolve conflicts and encourage personal growth. This conference has considered national branding deeply. The ultimate branding should be respected and trusted as someone who has integrity, a company that is law abiding and is a valuable stakeholder in the community or nation or a nation that is respected for its contribution to solving the problems of other less fortunate nations or to resolving world problems. In the UK prior to the last election in 2010 I was very happy that all three political parties had committed themselves to achieving 07 of 1% of Gross National Income to dedicate to Overseas Development Aid. It was something that we and many other NGOs had campaigned for before the election and since there has been a constant battle to maintain that total and the altruistic sincerity of the purposes for which it was and is being used.
The second slogan is the sense of humanity being one family under a loving, compassionate and inclusive, God. Even if you are not a person of faith the perspective of one family of humankind is a powerful one. The enjoyment of the diversity of human culture and talents is amazing. With the understanding of humanity as one family comes the responsibility to others in that human family who are less fortunate. When the Rana Plaza building collapsed and we heard of the suffering of those working in exploited conditions we as consumers or investors have to be concerned. When we hear of mass rape and ethnic cleansing in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo connected to conflict minerals we look at the smart phones and laptops we rely upon that use them differently. We realise better the cost of these products.
When we hear that research for a vaccine for Ebola was considered but not initiated because it is a virus appearing only in poor countries, we understand how dangerous small minded thinking can be. We are integrated as a worldwide human family. We need to think about how we live and how that affects the others in our human family as well as enjoying the richness of its diversity. To be respected as a nation that contributes a great deal to the development of peace and the enjoyment of health and prosperity for all is a valuable brand. People the world over would like their children to be educated in that nation’s schools, to be buying reliable products from the companies of that nation and sending the sick family member to receive high quality care in the hospitals of that nation.
UPF is promoting interfaith dialogue to enable greater understanding of the different members of the human family.As a person of faith I would add that we are more able to accomplish this ideal when we have a genuine relationship with a loving, compassionate and inclusive God.
This is a revision of an impromtu closing remarks at the end of Institute of Cultural Diplomacy conference in London. This was partly held in UPF HQ and UPF was a partner of the conference.